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    1. September 3, 2014

      Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

      Shinzo Abe refreshed his cabinet line-up on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s...

    2. December 16, 2012

      Rightwing revival raises regional dilemmas

      Seldom in politics has there been a revival of electoral fortunes as rapid and dramatic as that enjoyed on Sunday by Japan’s...

    1. June 1, 2011

      Japan’s Kan to face no-confidence vote

      Japan’s Democratic party on Wednesday scrambled to shore up parliamentary support as opposition parties submitted a...

    2. April 4, 2011

      Rebuilding Japan after the deluge

      The physical impact of the disaster that struck Japan on March 11 is devastatingly clear. The political ramifications are...

    3. January 27, 2011

      S&P move holds silver lining for Kan

      It would be understandable if Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, felt a little aggrieved by Standard & Poor's decision to...

    4. July 11, 2010

      Japanese premier suffers election setback

      Japanese voters on Sunday delivered a blow to the ruling DPJ’s ambitions to secure a majority in the Diet’s upper house...

    5. April 23, 2010

      Opposition in disarray as former minister quits

      Japan's conservative opposition slipped further into disarray yesterday as Yoichi Masuzoe, the country's most popular...

    6. April 23, 2010

      Another ex-minister quits Japan’s LDP

      Japan’s conservative opposition slipped further into disarray on Thursday as Yoichi Masuzoe, the country’s most popular...

    7. April 5, 2010

      Defectors planning new party in Japan

      Kaoru Yosano, Japan's former finance minister, said yesterday he plans to establish a new political party this week as the...

    8. April 4, 2010

      Japanese opposition politician plans new party

      Kaoru Yosano, Japan’s former finance minister, said on Sunday that he plans to establish a new political party this week as...

    9. March 26, 2010

      Japan ponders whether party is over for LDP

      With its long dominance of Japanese politics destroyed by last year's historic general election, its coffers nearly empty...

    10. March 25, 2010

      Japan ponders whether party is over for LDP

      With its long dominance of Japanese politics destroyed by last year’s historic general election, its coffers nearly empty...

    11. January 24, 2010

      Ozawa vows to hold on to post

      Prosecutors questioned Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of Japan’s ruling party, for more than four hours at the weekend over...

    12. September 29, 2009

      LDP seeks moderate road to revival

      Japan’s once-mighty Liberal Democratic party on Monday chose a mild-mannered former finance minister to lead it out of the...

    13. September 26, 2009

      Candidate for LDP leadership urges reform

      A candidate for leadership of Japan’s once-mighty Liberal Democratic party has warned it could cease to exist unless it...

    14. September 14, 2009

      Japanese ex-minister enters race to lead LDP

      A former Japanese finance minister on Sunday became the first declared candidate for leadership of the once-mighty Liberal...

    15. September 27, 2007

      Public approves of Fukuda’s new cabinet

      Public approval for the new cabinet of Yasuo Fukuda, prime minister, leapt to 58 per cent, according to a poll on Wednesday,...

    16. September 12, 2007

      Rapprochement with China to continue

      Chinese officials and analysts on Wednesday expressed confidence that Shinzo Abe’s resignation would not destroy the fragile...

    17. September 12, 2007

      Awesome Aso eyes the crown in Japan

      If Taro Aso gets his way, Japan is about to trade “Beautiful Japan”, which was Shinzo Abe’s political slogan, for “Awesome...

    18. August 27, 2007

      Abe poised to unveil cabinet shake-up

      Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, is today expected to unveil widespread changes to his cabinet in an attempt to revive...

    19. August 26, 2007

      Abe set to unveil cabinet shake-up

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, is on Monday expected to unveil widespread changes to his cabinet in an attempt to...

    20. June 27, 2007

      Departure of Abe ‘not out of question”

      Shinzo Abe might be forced to resign if his ruling party suffers a heavy defeat in next month's upper house elections,...

    21. June 26, 2007

      Poll rout could force Abe to resign

      Shinzo Abe might be forced to resign if his ruling party suffers a heavy defeat in next month’s upper house elections,...

    22. October 6, 2006

      Vague outlook pushes euro down

      The euro lost groundyesterday as the European Central Bank provided a clouded picture of the prospects for eurozone...

    23. October 5, 2006

      Euro loses ground after rate rise

      The euro lost ground on Thursday as the European Central Bank provided a clouded picture of eurozone interest rates in 2007....

    24. September 26, 2006

      Support for Koizumi’s heir hides weak spots

      The ease with which Shinzo Abe has waltzed into the job of leader of the world’s second-largest economy has been...

    25. September 21, 2006

      Abe set to lead Japan after winning crucial ruling party poll

      Shinzo Abe, 52, yesterday comfortably won the ruling Liberal Democratic party's presidential poll, ensuring parliament...

    26. September 20, 2006

      Japan’s Abe chosen as LDP leader

      Shinzo Abe, 52, on Tuesday comfortably won the ruling Liberal Democratic party’s presidential poll, ensuring parliament...

    27. September 19, 2006

      Yen hits lowest level since April

      The yen slumped yesterday to its lowest levels against the dollar since April, shrugging off an apparently concerted...

    28. September 18, 2006

      Yen hits five-month low after G7 meeting

      The yen slumped to its lowest levels against the US dollar since April on Monday, shrugging off an apparently concerted...

    29. September 18, 2006

      Business to become top taxpayer in Japan

      Japanese corporate profit tax receipts are poised to overtake personal income tax contributions for the first time in 18...

    30. September 18, 2006

      Europe and Japan in effort to shore up yen

      Finance ministers from Europe and Japan have launched a co-ordinated effort to shore up the yen, voicing concern over the...

    31. September 17, 2006

      Europe and Japan in effort to shore up yen

      Finance ministers from Europe and Japan have launched a co-ordinated effort to shore up the yen, voicing concern over the...

    32. September 2, 2006

      Abe launches campaign to become Japan's leader

      Shinzo Abe, the man almost certain to become Japan's next prime minister later this month, yesterday formally launched his...

    33. September 1, 2006

      Japan’s Abe announces PM candidacy

      Shinzo Abe, the man almost certain to become Japan’s next prime minister later this month, on Friday formally launched his...

    34. August 31, 2006

      Euro benefits from yen selling

      The euro hit a fresh record high against the yen yesterday as investors continued to sell the low-yielding Japanese...

    35. August 30, 2006

      Euro hits fresh high against yen

      The euro hit a fresh record high against the yen on Wednesday as investors continued to sell the low-yielding Japanese...

    36. August 30, 2006

      Y150 proves tall order for euro

      The euro slipped against the yen yesterday as the single currency once again was unable to consolidate gains after posting...

    37. August 29, 2006

      Euro slips against yen after hitting record

      The euro slipped against the yen on Tuesday as the single currency once again was unable to consolidate gains after posting...

    38. August 26, 2006

      Low CPI calls into question BoJ's rate rise

      Japan's core consumer price inflation rose much less than expected in July, reopening the debate that the Bank of Japan may...

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